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Justin Verlander Makes Good On His 1st Start After Signing His Recent 5 Year Extension

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Tuesday, April.2/2013

Justin Verlander paid immediate dividends for his new Salary Extension in the Tigers Season Opener on the road yesterday at Target field, throwing 5 scoreless Innings and fanning 7 batters.  Verlander anchors a talented Detroit Pitching Rotation that features Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello

Justin Verlander paid immediate dividends for his new Salary Extension in the Tigers Season Opener on the road yesterday at Target field, throwing 5 scoreless Innings and fanning 7 batters. Verlander anchors a talented Detroit Pitching Rotation that features Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello.  Detroit GM Dave Dombroski is smart enough to realize that there is possiblu a small 3 year window with Fielder, Cabrera and the former AL Cy Young Award Winner all on the same team signed – and primed  for another World Series Title push with this move.

By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent)

And there was much rejoicing….

No worries, the ‘Holy Grail’ of Detroit will be a Tiger through 2019. Last Friday afternoon, Justin Verlander inked a record-breaking 5-year contract extension.

He will earn $20 Million this season and next season, then a whopping $28 Million per year for the next five seasons.

In case math isn’t your strong suit, that’s a total of $180 Million. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2020 that’s worth $22 Million. So he could potentially earn $202 Million over the next 8 years.

What is a Vesting Option? It’s basically a clause that reassures teams from overpaying to declining players. While we don’t officially know the Vesting Option clause, it is said to be based on Cy Young Award balloting (as reported by Larry Lage, AP).

Justin Verlander Highlights – Highlights from 2012 – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance are advised.

Justin Verlander is one of about 10 True Pitching Aces in the game right now that are starters.  Verlander can throw 100 MPH at any time in the game, plus seems to ramp it up as the game progresses.

Justin Verlander is one of about 10 True Pitching Aces in the game right now that are Starters. He can throw 100 MPH at any time in the game, plus seems to ramp it up as the game progresses.  With the likes of Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke all signing similar deals in recent vintage, Verlander has jumped all of them in pay per year – starting with a $28 MIL annual scale starting in 2015.

He must finish in the Top 5 of Cy Young voting in 2019 for his $22 Million Vesting Option to take effect. Usually Vesting options with starting pitchers involve Innings Pitched – but Verlander has pitched over 200 Innings every season since 2007. So the option had to be a little more detailed.

If anyone can pick up that kind of Option, it is Justin Verlander.

Since coming into the league in 2006, he has finished in the Top 5 in Cy Young votes 4 out of 7 seasons. Although he would be 36-years-old during the 2019 season, Verlander has no plans to slow down.

“I don’t plan on being done at 40,” he said. “I guess history says I will, but probably not.”

Would anyone be surprised if he wins the Cy Young Award in 2019?

With the new contract, the Tigers now carry 3 chunky contracts.

Prince Fielder signed a 9 Year/$214 Million deal in 2012 and Miguel Cabrera an 8 year/$152.3 Million deal back in 2008. All three contracts add up to an easy $568.3 Million.

Will they be able to re-sign Cabrera, Max Scherzer, and Austin Jackson when the time comes?

Possibly 2 out of 3 but regardless, the Tigers had no choice but to get Verlander locked up for years to come.

Anyone would prefer Verlander over Scherzer, whatever the cost.

The time to win is now. With your 3 biggest contracts all in their prime, it is your time!!

As Verlander tweeted last Friday –

“I love this city & the fans – couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”

I believe him. Do you?

Notes:  Yesterday’s win was Verlander 1st opening day victory of his Career.  He threw only 91 Pitches during his 5 Innings stint Monday.  Perhaps showing a different tactic, Leyland pulled the Tigers ace after just 5 IP.  Could the long-term skipper finally have come around to the idea of conserving Verlander for the early part of the season – in order to keep him fresh late in the season?  

Verlander ranks 3rd amongst Active Win Percentage Leaders and 20th Overall on the ALL – Time list in MLB History.

Active Win Percentage Leaders:

1. Roy Halladay (15, 36) .6656 R
2. Jered Weaver (8, 30) .6623 R
3. Justin Verlander (9, 30) .6579 R
4. Tim Hudson (15, 37) .6545 R
5. CC Sabathia (13, 32) .6497 L
6. Jon Lester (8, 29) .6418 L
7. Johan Santana (12, 34) .6406 L
8. Andy Pettitte (17, 41) .6331 L
9. Adam Wainwright (8, 31) .6202 R
10. Yovani Gallardo (7, 27) .6161 R
Verlander and his teammates were in the World Series just last year.  He has led the AL in SO (3X), IP (3X), Win PCTG (2x), Wins (2x), SHO (1x).  The Man has made 4 straight ALL - Star Appearances.  In 2011, he won the Triple Crown for Pitchers and also racked up the AL MVP Award - with his 24 - 5 Record and a 2.53 ERA.  He also has had 5 top 7 CY Young Voting Award finishes in the last 7 years.  Verlander would love to improve on his 4.22 Career Post Season ERA staring this year

Verlander and his teammates were in the World Series just last year. He has led the AL in SO (3X), IP (3X), Win PCTG (2x), Wins (2x), SHO (1x). The Man has made 4 straight ALL – Star Appearances. In 2011, he won the Triple Crown for Pitchers and also racked up the AL MVP Award – with his 24 – 5 Record and a 2.53 ERA. He also has had 5 top 7 CY Young Voting Award finishes in the last 7 years. Verlander would love to improve on his 4.22 Career Post Season ERA staring this year.  In a weak AL Central, plus a loaded roster of ALL – Stars, Detroit should challenge for the World Series on annual basis.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Tigers Correspondent’ Matthew LaFave for preparing today’s featured article.  Matthew was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up watching all of the Detroit sports with his father he began to enjoy writing about them in high school.

At first started out as e-mails between his father turned into a Detroit Lions blog website titled ‘Hear Me Roar’. Matthew would go on to get a job as ‘Detroit Tigers Writer’ at the website http://www.examiner.com. He has been writing for them for over two seasons and regularly attends games as a credentialed media member. Be sure to follow him on Twitter

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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